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By Paul Martin

Secret Heroes is a amazing compendium by way of Paul Martin, former government Editor of National Geographic Traveler, that illuminates the lives of thirty forgotten American heroes. collecting jointly striking tales approximately unknown champions, explorers, inventors, and innovators who by no means made the pages of yankee background textbooks—not George Washington, however the tailor who stored his life…twice; the 1st African-American strive against pilot; the 62-year-old woman muckraking journalist who refused to show her again on injustice—Secret Heroes is simply this type of interesting and enjoyable renowned historical past that readers love, now not not like Kenneth C. Davis’s bestselling Don’t understand a lot approximately® sequence and Rick Beyer’s The maximum tales by no means Told.

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The Indians hung back when they beheld the apparition of a white man wading in the river and pulling a canoe covered by a shocking red canopy. Beltrami waved them over and convinced them—bribed them, really, with food and other goods—to take him to their village on Red Lake. There he shared a hovel with fourteen Indians, a roiling pack of dogs, and one wolf pup, which promptly ripped up his last decent pair of trousers. When Beltrami’s Chippewa hosts weren’t pilfering his supplies, they spent a good deal of time getting drunk.

From there, he intended to board a boat bound for New Orleans. However, the first paddle wheeler to pull ashore was the Calhoun, which was headed north to St. Louis. On board were two men who would alter Beltrami’s plans—Gen. William Clark, the superintendent for Indian affairs in St. Louis, and Maj. Lawrence Taliaferro, Indian agent at Fort St. Anthony, an army garrison near present-day Minneapolis. Intrigued by America’s native peoples, Beltrami bombarded the two agents with questions about the tribes living in the country to the north.

The leopard went for Akeley’s throat but missed and sank its teeth into his right arm near the shoulder. Still standing, Akeley grabbed the leopard’s throat with his left hand and squeezed its windpipe as hard as he could, causing it to loosen its grip. Akeley worked his right arm free and forced his fist deep into the animal’s mouth to choke off its air. He threw the thrashing leopard to the ground, landing on top of it with his knees on its chest. His first shot had hit the leopard’s right hind foot.

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